Fifth about The Seventh


13th13th: Ava DuVernay’s documentary is powerful, thematically relevant in this day and age, and quite thought-provoking; it may also just be preaching to the converted. It’s convincing as well, but it doesn’t really give voice to the antithesis. (If it should or not, that’s another matter; but the fact is, with so many persuasive speakers about the thesis, the antithesis is represented by a couple of bumbling ones.) It loses a bit of steam (and logic flow), eventually, but it recovers some by the end. Visually, it avoids the pitfalls of too many talking heads with the liberal (and welcome) use of archival footage, simple but effective animation and the use of multiple camera angles and backgrounds. It should be noted, however, that the decision (by the director and cinematographers Hans Charles and Kira Kelly) to keep the camera moving for no particular good reason is a tad annoying.


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